Adaptive Sports

The Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (NDAA) participates in a number of adaptive sports. Some competitively, and others for recreation.

While the NDAA has historically focused on the sports listed below, we are an evolving organization whose mission is not sport-specific. We seek people who are motivated to help achieve our mission of supporting disabled athletes in their pursuit of excellence. Have a passion? Bring it on!

NDAA Sports

Sailing When you think about it, sailing and disability has long been intimately associated with one another. Remember Peg Leg, Captain Hook or Ahab?

NDAA offers the landlubber a great opportunity to experience the beauty of Lake Champlain aboard our 2-person Martin 16. We offer lessons for beginners and rentals for the more seasoned sailors out of the Moorings in Malletts Bay, VT. Built especially for people with physical disabilities, the Martin 16 is designed to be unsinkable, won't capsize and is a cinch to sail in all wind conditions. Our sailing instructors are veteran sailors and US Sailing trained. We are also proud to offer a computer-assisted helm, sip-and puff joystick tiller and windlass that truly makes this boat accessible to all.

Leave your dependence on shore and enjoy a day on the lake with NDAA. Many of our sailors race in the national and international disabled sailing circuit and our summer is capped off by our Annual Lake Champlain Invitational Martin 16 Regatta, which started in 2003. So whether you are a beginner just interested in learning or an old salt wanting to race, check out our adaptive sailing program.

Learn more about our Adaptive Sailing program

Cross Country Skiing There are few pleasures more rewarding than skiing in the woods of Vermont during winter. With our fleet of lightweight Sierra sit-ski buckets, NDAA can reacquaint you with the great outdoors. We own several sets of sit-ski buckets and poles, which are available for lessons or rentals. We store equipment at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, VT, where we also hold our annual cross country sit-ski clinic.
We are also proud to partner with The Middlebury College Cross Country Ski Program and Rikert Touring to offer Nordic racing and skiing in Central Vermont.
Handcycling Perhaps the most efficient distance and human-powered mobility solution for people with lower body impairments, the handcycle is to people of limited mobility what the bicycle is to people of average mobility; a highly efficient way to convert muscle power into linear movement. Handcycling is rapidly becoming the alternative mobility device of choice for many wheelchair users, for exercise, for recreation, and for long distance (including marathon) or off-road competition.
Power Chair Soccer Power chair soccer is the latest addition to the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association's family of adaptive sports. Power soccer is a fast growing and competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power chair users. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four power chair users attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in an attempt to score goals. Power Soccer combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in an extremely challenging game similar to soccer. Power Soccer is a very active and growing sport, both nationally and internationally.
Sled Hockey Sled hockey is the fast, exciting, rough 'n tumble version of ice hockey played primarily by people with mobility disabilities. The game is essentially the same as traditional ice hockey. The major difference is every player sits on a sled with two hockey skate blades under the seat. In competitive games, hard checking, raised puck shooting, and penalty killing are as much a part of sled hockey as they are in "stand-up" hockey.
Tennis One of fastest developing adaptive sports, wheelchair tennis has arrived in VT. We recently received a United States Tennis Association Community Grant to offer wheelchair tennis clinics around the state. Last year, we purchased two Quickie court chairs and have two older tennis chairs available for rentals or lessons. We partner with Sports and Fitness Edge and Middlebury Indoor Tennis in offering year-round tennis clinics. Among our members are the USTA Wheelchair Tennis Ambassador and the 5th ranked wheelchair tennis player in the United States. And, yes, we get two bounces!
Water Skiing For the extreme sports enthusiast only! Come shred the waters of Lake Champlain on one of our sit-skis mounted on our specially designed board and feel your adrenalin rise. We offer waterskiing clinics throughout the summer, but you need to be really comfortable in the water and willing to get wet to participate.

Wheelchair Basketball Global in scope and participation, wheelchair basketball is played primarily by people with disabilities. In some countries, teams include both able-bodied and disabled athletes. The rules of wheelchair basketball are similar to those of basketball, including the 10-foot hoop for some classes, with accommodations mostly related to the physical presence of the wheelchairs.
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